VICTORIA (March 6, 2019) – BC Liberal MLA Linda Larson has introduced a private member’s bill that would keep British Columbia on Daylight Savings Time (DST) if legislation to maintain DST is approved in California and Washington.
“California and Washington State are both going through a process right now to stay on DST year-round,” says Larson. “It would be prudent that B.C. follow, as they are our biggest west coast partners.”
Larson says that in order to maintain our economic advantage, British Columbia needs to remain in the same time zones as those U.S. states currently in the Pacific Time Zone.
“Seventy nine per cent of the world’s population doesn’t switch clocks, so there must be a reason for that,” says Larson. “The idea for this bill originated in Grand Forks, where municipal officials put this resolution forward at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in 2017 and 2018. The people in my community have been quite adamant about making this change.
This will be the third time Larson has introduced the bill. She hopes it will gain more traction on this attempt, in light of similar initiatives in California and Washington State.
“I support the community of Grand Forks in this resolution and everyone who has contacted me on this issue,” says Larson. “I’m happy to follow through with this bill and I hope all members will support it.